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"House" star Hugh Laurie may soon return to television, playing another roguish character: the legendary pirate Blackbeard.

Laurie is in negotiations to star in NBC's upcoming series "Crossbones," according to reports in the Hollywood trades. The six-time Emmy nominee would play Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, who ruled over the pirates, thieves and ne'er-do-wells on the Bahamian island of New Providence in the early 1700s. Think "Deadwood," but with boats, and with Laurie as Al Swearengen.

The role would be Laurie's first TV gig since "House" ended earlier this year after eight seasons on Fox. It would also continue his relationship with Universal Television, which produced "House" and is co-producing "Crossbones."

"Luther" creator Neil Cross is writing and executive producing "Crossbones," which is based on author Colin Woodard's book "The Republic of Pirates." NBC gave the show a 10-episode order last spring, but Laurie is the first actor attached to the project. »

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